Graffitecture took top prize in "Photography/Art" category at The London Book Festival. Sonneteer and Short Stories Illustrated by Artists also received Honorable Mention in the same category. Congratulations and thanks to all of our talented contributors!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Green Dynamite is both symbolism and activism. The idea of a slow-motion explosion of life beginning with a seed may be the antithesis to the current crises of climate change and war. The native seeds packaged in Green Dynamite tubes are local and native to the ecology around Chicago. These tubes are sold by students, stores, individuals around Chicagoland where they will help the people, plants, and animals within that same local area. What's more, the profit generated from sales will be used to help local ecology in other ways as decided by those who sell the product- so more explosions of life can take place!
Green Dynamite would not be possible without the efforts of Beyond Today and Riverbank Neighbors.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Yesterday in Los Angeles, USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of The National Best Books 2007 Awards. Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin-Putnam, HarperCollins, Random House, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Co., John Wiley & Sons, and hundred of independent presses including FFP.
Front Forty Press' Short Stories Illustrated by Artists took top prize in the "Fiction & Literature: Short Story Fiction" category as well as finalist in the "General Art" Category.
Graffitecture: Chicago Graffiti Artists Attack Photographic Spaces and Sonneteer were also finalists in the "General Art" category. Congratulations and thanks to our contributors!
To see more, go to: www.usabooknews.com/bestbooksawards2007.html
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Bad At Sports Episode #113 features artist and curator, Tracy Marie Taylor, as well as Front Forty Press' Doug Fogelson. Doug spoke with Joanna and Teri about all things Front Forty. To hear about how we began, where we are going, and how you can get involved, go to: www.badatsports.com.
Or, you can directly download the interview in it's entirety at: http://cdn.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_113_Tracy_Taylor-Bilingual.mp3
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
301 West Superior, Chicago
Friday, November 2nd
RSVP: email@example.com or 312.664.9582
These books were created via a unique process that brings individuals together in 'blind collaboration', thus enabling diverse participation in an uninhibited way. There is a high degree of trust and freedom within the formally defined parameters for each project. All Front Forty Press' stunning artistic and sociological topics are always about the cultivation and communication of ideas.
Please join Luminaire in celebrating the release of 2007 titles from Front Forty Press at our bookstore (on the second floor). Many creators and contributors will be there to sign books which will be sold at a 10% discount at the reception. Front Forty Press will give a presentation about their current and future products during the reception.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The 2007 Hollywood Book Festival recognized Front Forty Press during their July 29th ceremony... Graffitecture was awarded "Design of the Year"! Graffitecture was also given an Honorable Mention in the "Non-Fiction" category for the exceptional essays by Bridgette R. McCullough, John Jennings, Bridgette Buckley, and Tim Hartford. Big ups to everyone that worked so hard to make this book happen!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Hip Hop activist and journalist Harry Allen interviewed FFP director, Doug Fogelson, on Friday June 22nd. On this edition of "Non-Fiction", the show focused on graffiti. Doug was invited to discuss the concept and execution of"Graffitecture". Also on the show were the authors of "Burning New York", a book documenting graffiti in NYC and graffiti artist Miers
To listen to the interview, go to http://archive.wbai.org/
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Front Forty Press is proud to be a part of this year's Renegade Craft Fair Chicago.
The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique DIY event organized by Sue Blatt & Kathleen Habbley. This year will be different from previous years as the fair will be in cunjunction with Do-Division Street Fest. Visit www.renegadecraft.com for more information.
When: September 15th & 16th from noon - 10pm
Where: Division Street (btwn. Damen Ave & Wood St.... exact booth location TBA)
Join Front Forty Press at The Printers' Ball!
The Printer's Ball is an annual celebration of print literature. For one month, a handful of Chicago's most dynamic reading series present evenings in collaboration with local print publications. The festival ends at the Printers' Ball all-ages party, where literary organizations of all kinds gather under one roof for a spree of the city's reading scene. Visit www.printersball.org for a complete list of participants.
Admission is free!
When: July 20, 2007 8pm
Where: Zhou B. Art Center (1029 West 35th Street)
Mollusk Surf Shop
4500 Irving St., San Francisco, CA
Monday, April 9, 2007
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair
Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th, 2007
Front Forty Press will have a table for the 23rd annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair. This is the Midwest's largest free outdoor literary event featuring 150 new, used and antiquarian booksellers and more than 100 captivating programs including author readings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and children's activities. For one weekend, the historic Printers Row neighborhood is transformed into a festival for booklovers of all ages and interests.
Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Front Forty Press:
Dan De Los Monteros
on Graffitecture: Chicago Graffiti Artists Attack Photographic Spaces
Describing their process as one of "blind collaboration," Front Forty Press recently invited a host of Chicago graffiti artists to work on top of photographs of architectural interiors and exteriors. The result is a very handsome, straightforward publication entitled Graffitecture: Chicago Graffiti Artists Attack Photographic Spaces. Featuring a range of styles and approaches, Graffitecture is at once a thoughtful, expressive and aggressive project that gives pause to the relationship between graffiti and architecture as it is mediated through photography. Please join us for a discussion with Front Forty as they discuss the development of this project. This event is FREE and will take place in Cobb Hall Room 307, directly below the gallery.
Zines, Comics, and Other Hip Lit Fair at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Co-presented with Quimby’s Bookstore.
Sunday, May 13, 2007 from noon-4:00 p.m.
This free event will feature artist vendors, readings, and art making workshops. The fair brings together leading artists to celebrate independent press in all forms, including zines, comics, graphic novels, artist books, and much more.
Front Forty Press will have our 'hip lit' and assorted sundries, with thanks to our best local source for all things lit and hip- Quimby's!
Fine Print: Alternative Media at P.S.1 Presents:
Front Forty Press
Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Presented and co-organized with innovative publications from New York and nationwide, Fine Print: Alternative Media at P.S.1 is a series of programs involving panel discussions, readings, lectures, music, performance, and play.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Graffitecture- Chicago Graffiti Artists Attack Photographic Space
$40. (plus $6.95 shipping/handling)
Friday Feb 23rd 5-9 PM
1529 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The opening was a HUGE success last night! Lots of the artist/collaborators involved in the project came through and got their copy of the finished book. DJ's David Castillo and small MVP worked the 1's and 2's with a nice guest spot from the Human Beatbox Yuri Lane on the mic. Attendance was high (not bad for a Feb opening!!) and at one point the store even had to hold some people back for capacity reasons.
The opening, much like the Graffitecture project itself, had a wide range of ages and people from all walks of life. Front Forty Press and Hejfina kept the essential question going with a wall in the back that said, "What would YOU do here?" A hanging bucket of pens were provided and people responded over the course of the night. In the front gallery 4 enlarged photos of the space were drawn on by 4 Chicago graf artists- FACT, MERDOK, SKETCH, and MELON and then re-installed in the space where they were taken.
Everyone really enjoyed the book and we made some good sales to kick off the distribution effort. Check out these photos!